About this listing
Beautiful views of the Camden Hills and Lake Quantabacook from our comfortable and peaceful mountaintop camp. Our location is perfect for people who want to retreat from busy urban areas and the saturated tourist belt of the Maine coast. Abutting the Frye Mountain Game Preserve with easy access to the Sheepscot Watershed Land Alliance's network of trails, our camp manages to feel very far away from everything even though Belfast (a cool, small, not-too-touristy city--home of our restaurant, bakery, and market, Chase's Daily) is only ten miles away. Off-grid, solar-powered, propane fridge, on-demand hot water, wood stove, compost heap out back, herbs to pick from the terraced gardens, fog lingering in the valley come dawn, stars aplenty in the true dark at night, moss and lichen gleaming in the rain, wildflowers brassy in the hot sun. Real kitchen suitable for cooks. Cotton sheets, soft pillows, comfortable beds (for us)—one queen sized and one double. No phone line, tv, or internet access. Good cell phone reception. Good pets are welcome!
Summer and fall $150 per night, five night minimum, or $1000 per week
Winter and spring--will consider shorter stays, 4wd or awd necessary.
Interaction with Guests
Our hosting style is by default at arm's length. We are available by email, phone, and text but not usually immediately--we are swamped by our jobs of restaurant and farm, particularly during high season. We trust that our hospitality shows through the beauties and amenities of our Camp.
Other Things to Note
In Maine, a "camp" is a getaway: modest summer house, shack or defunct camper at lake's edge or deep in the woods. Ours isn't so different--we built it with recycled materials, hand me downs, deals out of Uncle Henry's, bits and pieces from Marden's and a lot of our own sweat and time. It is not fancy, nor is it a house. A camp is not for everyone and as the glowing reviews pile up for our listing we just want to be sure potential guests understand that our camp is surely not perfect. We love it, and love to share it, but it is a work in progress and still very much a camp. For example: our water is very hard with iron, our beds are poly-foam with wool toppers, and our basement bedroom smells of damp in the summer til the windows have been opened, the lawn is not a lawn but a wild flower tangle, and sometimes there are loud 4-wheelers on the Frye Mountain Road. The floor is just a painted sub-floor rather than a proper floor and the stitched together runners that form our Flokati rug sheds a bit. Sometimes, there might be a spider. "Camp" for Mainers is a chance to get away and relax, to be close to nature, to rough it a bit. We think many people--adults and children--will love our camp as we do, but it is certainly not for everyone, nor is it perfect.
We list our camp as kid/family friendly but not every kid or every family will appreciate our camp. Our kid loves camp and has thrived there since day one, but then she has grown with it . . . every kid is different.
There is no smoking in the camp. The basement wall heater is intended to be used intermittently for supplemental heat. Recommended use is for 1-2 hours before bed and turned off at other times. The wood stove is the primary source of heat for the camp. We supply plenty of wood. Guests need to be aware of the battery meter and be conservative if need arises (extended cloudy weather). Power system shuts down when the batteries reach 75% capacity. We do not add a cleaning charge to our rent because we expect guests to leave the camp much as they find it and treat it with care. We also prefer to be alerted if problems arise, or if something gets damaged.
My husband and I had an incredible time at Meg and Freddy's camp. Though it rained after looking through some of the many informational brochures they left we found plenty to do in the area. The camp runs on solar so the couple left very clear instructions on how that and the other appliances worked. Even with rainy weather we never went below 90%. This home was a welcome retreat from our busy lives. It is beautiful and relaxing. Everything was great. I also loved eating at the couples restaurant in Belfast-chases daily- it was very good!
This is a wonderful place. The view is priceless and if you are looking for silence - this is the place. We just sat and watched the birds and the rolling hills beneath us.
Good kitchen and a welcoming atmosphere. And a great restaurant in Belfast :-)
This was, by far, the most relaxing vacation we have ever had. We arrived much later than planned on Sunday night, but were welcomed by a lovely bouquet of fresh flowers, and a clean living space.
Meg and Freddy left all sorts of great information about the mountain camp, and the surrounding areas. While the pictures are fantastic, they do not capture the true wonder of this dwelling, and it's stunning views! We spent many hours on the deck taking them in during the day, and star gazing at night! If you're looking to truly disconnect, this is the place.
The kitchen is a great workable space, where we made many delicious meals, and pressed many delicious cups of coffee. Cast iron skillets and Creuset cookware were much appreciated. Not what you would typically find in a vacation home kitchen. It was a treat to have wild blueberries, fresh herbs and greens on the property. When we did venture into Belfast, we treated ourselves to delicious vegetarian fare at Chase's Daily, and stocked up for our next camp (email hidden)-Op.
Don't let the off-grid living dissuade you. This was our first experience with solar power, and it was great. The battery storage never dipped below 96% during our stay, and we had consecutive overcast days. When we did have any questions, Meg and Freddy made themselves available, and responded in a timely manner.
We are already day-dreaming about our next stay at Frye Mountain Camp, and our next meal at Chase's Daily.
We had a wonderful time here. It was part of our first family vacation with our son. It was blissfully quiet and peaceful, and the camp offered everything we needed to feel at home. We picked blueberries, built fires and roasted marshmallows, and just enjoyed the drama of the clouds and the sound of the birds and the wind in the trees. Our favorite part (other than the quiet!) was feeling tucked into the mountains, with just more mountains and sky to behold. The well-equipped kitchen is a bonus. Meg was a wonderful host and we would be glad to return.
Meg and Freddy are the best hosts! We are return visitors and we've been looking forward to this stay for many months! Frye Mt. Camp is one of the most serene beautiful places we've ever experienced. The view will blow your mind! It's remote enough to feel you're completely submerged in nature, but also just about a 15 min drive to Belfast for food, drinks, and a little shopping at one of our favorite stores, "The Green Store". The camp is also close to many great trails and swimming locations. If you want amazing farm fresh produce go to Chase's Daily in the morning before it's gone. Get a bite to eat while you're there as well. Thank you to Meg and Freddy for opening up your gem getaway for others to enjoy!
After vacationing for several years in a row in the Adirondacks, my husband, dog and I decided that we wanted to explore a different place for our next vacation. The decision to come to Frye Mountain Camp for one week is the best one we've made in years. Though the photos on this page are terrific and captivating, there is no way to capture the beauty of both the camp and its location - you have to see it for yourself. The actual camp is wonderful, with a beautiful use of space, and decor that marries modern roominess with rustic vibes. And, as someone who loves cooking, the kitchen is a dream. But the real and priceless gem of the camp is its location and view. Overlooking hills, mountains, and forests, you won't see or hear another human, which is perfect for people looking for solitude in the natural world.
The surrounding region is also worth noting - lots of hikes and swimming ponds/lakes within a 30 mile radius. And, Belfast, which is only a quick 15 minute drive away, is one of the most wonderful towns I've ever had the pleasure of visiting. If you enjoy food, cooking, hiking, natural beauty, and the time and space to reflect, this is the place for you. I know that we will be back.
Perfect getaway in the mountains! This is our second time here and we're already planning when we can return.
There is something quite magical about this space - filled with light, nestled in the forest, over looking the amazing view over the valley. The space has everything you'd need, and nothing you don't! We come here to write, hike and get away from the busy city. It's close to Belfast for good food and Acadia is not too far for a day trip. We usually stay close to the property and just enjoy some peace and quiet!
About the Host, Meg
Traveler, painter, worker, Mama. We love our place and look to share it with the other busy and hard-working creative people out there that need a retreat. We are always working on our camp--outdoor kitchen, studio, tent platform, terraces--most still in the idea stage, though some are taking form.